We have now hung up our touring boots for 2019 and our Honda Jazz's are having a rest from driving up and down the M6 for hours on end. We've had a wonderful year touring and playing to you all; starting with our Album Launch Tour and a sell-out gig at Chester's Storyhouse in February, through to summer trips to some fantastic festivals around the UK and Europe, rounding off with a short, but very fun tour these past few weeks. There's far too many high points to list them all here, we'll be doing a reflective blog post more towards the end of the year....
Just for now ... in case you missed the big announcement over on our facebook page ... we're delighted to say we'll be opening up for the amazing Della Mae in January. Their full tour can be seen here .... but these are the dates that we'll be opening up for them:
For full links and ticket info, head over to our TOUR page where we have also announced a few dates of our own. Just like this year, we'll be starting off the ...
Or, if you're the type of person who likes their band tours in picture format:
In other news, our mandolin player Mike .. aka 'MandoMike' is running a 'Winter Mandolin Gathering' on Sunday 1st December in Helsby, Cheshire. It's a very relaxed few hours of workshops on the mandolin, with full details to be found at MandoMike or on this event page. Be quick though, at the time of writing, there are only 9 tickets left!
That's all for now, news of gigs next year to be announced soon
Happy Summer everyone! Or at least, that's what season it's supposed to be. Up until now, here in Chester, it's rained since Christmas. That hasn't stopped us though and we're here with a little update on what we've been up to and where we're heading next.
It's been almost 9 months since we released 'Time to Save the World' and embarked on a rather large album launch tour spanning November right up until now and carrying on for a while yet. We've had some great fun so far, especially with our Spring tour and the sell out home-town gig at Chester's Storyhouse and more recently, we have been here there and everywhere playing some great festivals. Since our last blog, we made the short trip over to the Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival and have recently just spent the weekend at the wonderful La Roche Bluegrass festival in the French Alps (both considerably sunnier and hotter than anything we've had over here) with many of smaller festivals & gigs in between...
Festival season is well and truly under-way and we already have two trips under our belts with many more to come. At the start of May we headed waaaaaaaaaay up North to the Shetland Folk Festival where we spent the most amazing weekend with 14 other visiting bands playing many gigs around Lerwick and the odd excursion into the wild. We love this photo of us on stage at the Mareel in Lerwick taken by Lieve B:
We came home shattered, partly due to the gigs & parties, partly due to the relentless wind ... but had a great time and highly recommend you all pay it a visit someday ... we even saw Otters and Seals next to the local Tesco! Mad!
Moving forward, we are really looking forward to playing at the Buckle & Boots festival for the first time next Sunday, with some great UK and US bands we're hoping to see as well as our own slot.
Here is everywhere else you'll find us this summer:
We're here with a new cover song that comes to you thanks to Katie & Simon Walding who requested that we covered 'Listen to the Radio' by Nanci Griffith. This is a wonderful song that perfectly sums up how the radio is always there when you need it ... in our case ... usually when stuck in a traffic jam on the M6!
If you have a song you'd like to see us cover, head over to our shop to send in your request.
We're almost in to festival season! Which we are REALLY excited about as there are some cracking trips coming up for us, this is definitely our most 'international' festival season we've ever had. Shetland, Rotterdam, French Alps ... all on the list. Come say hi at one of them :)
We've been on a large UK tour to support the new album - 'Time to Save the World' - since the start of November and we have just 4 dates left of the original list. This weekend we have 3 gigs with the good folks of Live & Local and finishing off with Faldingworth Live on 23rd Feb.
We've had such a great time that we have decided to extend our 'Album Launch Tour' right through till the end of summer! These gigs will be a little more spaced out than the Nov-Feb dates, but will still be in support of the new CD. We're adding more and more each day, but as write this, here are the current dates:
Mar 30 - Hoton, Cotes & Prestwold Village Hall, LE12 5SF
Apr 06 - 'Mandolin Day with Mike Giverin' ,Manley Village Hall, Cheshire
Apr 18 - The Musician, Leicester, LE1 2DE
May 01 - Shetland Folk Festival
May 18 - Trinity Folk Festival, Guildford
Jun 01 - Vintage Nostalgia, Stockton Park, Wiltshire
Happy New Year everyone! Things are really starting to ramp up here at Jaywalkers HQ and here's a little summary of what we've been working on:
We are so excited to be playing a Home-Town gig at Chester's Storyhouse on 2nd Feb, so to celebrate, we're going to be running a January Sale over on our shop! All you need to do is enter 'JanuarySale' at the checkout and you will receive 30% off EVERYTHING! Plus, we'll add a free case sticker to ALL orders :-) BARGAIN!
Album Tour Part 2
As well as the Chester gig, we have a whole heap of dates starting on 1st Feb at The Coniston Institute and heading as far south as deepest Devon! Head over to our Tour Page for the full list
We've been sat on this video for a while, so it's about time we finally release it into the world. Filmed at one of our favourite drinking establishments, Chester's Brewhouse & Kitchen, this is a live version of 'How Many Whiskeys' from the new CD:
Now that the Jaywalkers wagon is in the garage and the jack leads are all packed away as 2018 draws to a close, I thought it about time we have a little end of year report and a look ahead to what 2019 brings....
Time to Save the World
Dominating our 'To Do' List since the first few moments of the year in early January, this year was all about writing, recording and releasing a new album. At the start of the year, I (Mike) had 2 or 3 songs written, and a fairly empty diary for January, so the main bulk of the CD was written before February came along. We spent the next few months working the new songs into a record-able state and had the looming deadline of mid June before the great Josh Clark was rolling in to town with his studio in tow.
As the peak of the summer heat wave hit, we spent 10 days with Josh recording the CD, playing as much as possible 'live' together, with spare instruments and vocals overdubbed in Josh's Bath-based recording lair.